Turn your thoughts outward

Linda Cortez - Photo by Mike Haynes

Step out of your world and get involved


Opinion By Linda Cortez

Everyone seems to be asking the same question: “What were you doing when the 9/11 attack happened?”

But the truth is that it doesn’t matter where I was or what I was doing at that time. I can only think of the effects of that morning.

How can I move past the fact that almost 3,000 innocent people died in such a massacre?

Or that it took more than a year to clean up the debris. And because of those horrible facts alone, I don’t need to think about what I was doing that Tuesday morning to help refresh my memories of that day.

So for the 10th anniversary, I stood in stillness with my complicated thoughts and with my unsteady emotions. Not only did I replay 9/11 in my mind over again, but I grieved for all the innocent lives taken.

I allowed for my selfishness to be put aside and to pray for the families. I mourned for the nearly 3,000 families who lost their loved ones.

No matter where life takes me or how long my life’s journey may be, I will never forget.

So instead of the questions, “Where were you?” or, “What were you doing?,” why not replace them with, “What have you done to help someone who still is affected?”

Everyone faces their own tragedies of losing a loved one.

Be a supporter – not a hoarder of your own selfishness.

I encourage you to step out of your world and be a supporter for someone who has fallen.


Originally published: Friday, September 16, 2011

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